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Does Anyone Recall What Precipitated the Great Depression? They Should Because it Caused 22  Years  of Democratic Control of the White House.

The Smoot-Hawley Tariffs were implemented when President Herbert Hoover signed the enacting legislation in 1929. Not until the war hero General Eisenhower was elected in 1952 did the American Presidency return to Republican  control. That was a period of 22  years.

Another reason Trump should be cautious about a trade war is the fact that our Midwestern farm states  cast both their popular votes and their electoral votes for him in large numbers. These states are dependent on farm exports for their livelihood. China is a huge importer of soybeans, which can also bought in Latin American countries like Brazil.

With over 1.4 billion people, China is the world’s greatest consumer of imported food. We do not need to start a trade war with them. Trump should have listened to his national economic adviser Gary Cohn, who quit in protest over the Trump trade war.

As philosopher Santayana said “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it”.

 Mike McLeod

When I wrote my book "The Death of Civility and Common Sense" few people consdidered Donald Trump a legitimate contender for  the Republican nomination, much less the Presidency.

Trump has surprised me, not just with his election to our highest office, but  the way he has attempted to govern. He is the least civil President we have ever had, and frequently shows no common sense. 

Therefore, I am currently writing a book that is a sequel to my first book.

I grew up hunting in a rural area with a 22 rifle. Later, when I was an adult  I bought a 12 gauge shotgun. Those are good for hunting quail in wooded areas. When I went into the army after law school, I trained with an M16 rifle. We did not have what is now commonly known as an assault rifle. We did not need an AR 15 assault rifle. Neither does any civilian need one today.

Our politicians need to stop listening to the National Rifle Association and their leader Wayne LaPierre , who has gotten rich whipping up his membership. It should be illegal for any citizen to possess an AR 15 assault rifle unless they are a member of law enforcement. Even then use of these deadly weapons should be limited to special forces such as SWAT teams.

SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) officers are members of highly trained paramilitary units that tackle situations beyond the capability of conventional policeforces. SWAT teams are called in when an incident presents significant risk to law enforcement officers or the public.

Michael R. McLeod

When struggling to get the 2014 Farm Bill passed Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow referred to it as "the Farm Bill from hell". At that time Democrats controlled the Senate and the Executive Branch of government and Republicans controlled the House.